How to Get to the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Booking your holiday to the Amalfi Coast is certainly an exciting time — one you’ve waited all year for in fact. The only problem now is that you’ve booked your flights, secured your dream accommodation, and you’re still none the wiser about how to get from one to the other. It’s a common problem every holiday maker will face at one point in their lives, but it’s one that can be easily tackled with a little local knowledge, and plenty of planning and research.

Have a read of the following hints and tips, and you’ll be well equipped to get from A to B in no time at all once you land.

Read our guide on: Where to Stay in the Amalfi Coast

Naples is the nearest major city   

Naples is the nearest major city to the Amalfi Coast, and it’s home to a major international airport which will make your travel arrangements that little bit easier. Flights take off and leave from the airport every couple of minutes to every corner of Europe, the US, the UK, Canada, and even as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

If you have to make a connecting flight on the European mainland then it is always worth checking that your airline will automatically transfer your bags onto your final flight to avoid any confusion. You’ll also want to think about travel insurance just incase you miss the connecting flight for any reason. It can easily save you a lot of headaches and unnecessary expenditure before you’ve even landed.

Naples to Positano

There is no direct train from Naples to Positano, and in fact, there is no train station in Positano. If you want to take a train, you can only travel from Napoli Centrale to Sorrento, and then you need to travel from Sorrento to Positano by other means. The easiest and only direct way to get from Naples to Positano is by private car transfer. Check our detailed guide on how to get from Naples to Positano.

Naples to Sorrento

Travelling from Naples to Sorrento by train is an economic, popular way among budget travelers. Alternatively, you can also take a shuttle bus either from the airport or the city. If you’re anxious to be in the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, you may decide to take a ferry from Naples to Sorrento. However, a more convenient way is to book a quick private car transfer. Check our detailed guide on how to get from Naples to Sorrento.

Rome to the Amalfi Coast

If you’re in Rome (or get a better flight to Italy landing in Rome), it’s also possible to travel directly from Rome to Positano or other towns on the Amalfi Coast. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, and while many people do fly from Rome to Naples, with the layover and extra flight time, there’s not much of a difference in total travel time between driving and flying.

The one thing to look out for if you decide to drive is Rome’s infamous rush hour traffic. This can turn a scenic 3.5 hour drive into hours of gridlock and delays. So plan your trip schedule in advance, and if it looks like you might land during rush hour, especially if you’re travelling with kids, then a connecting flight to Naples might be the better option as it will be much more predictable in terms of the time it takes to finish your journey.

Taxis are often the easiest way to get to the Coast  

Once you get to Naples you can either rent a car, use public transport, or pay for a private car transfer. There are plenty of car rental options that you might want to consider, and they could come in handy if you plan to explore a wider part of the local area throughout the rest of your stay.

If however you’re tired and just want to get to your room in time for dinner, then you will probably be best advised to travel by taxi. Compare fares before you leave online so that you know what to expect, and take more than enough Euros to cover your trip. That way you won’t fall foul of any unforeseen problems with using your card abroad.

Driving the Amalfi Coast enables you to see all the stops along the way

Once you arrive at the Coast you might want to get out and explore the place before too long. Driving the Coast only takes an hour or two from end to end, and it’s a great way of seeing how the various different towns, cities, and villages have popped up over the centuries. You never know, you might find your ideal destination for your return trip to the Amalfi Coast next summer.

2 thoughts on “How to Get to the Amalfi Coast in Italy”

  1. Buona Sera!
    My husband and I have just a week in Italy, mid November. We are flying into/out of Rome. We were thinking taking the train to Naples and stay in Sorrento for 2 or 3 evenings. Would you advise us renting a car to explore or a private transfer and then rely on the buses? If we did rent a car – is parking hard to come by once we visit places such as Pompei, Amalfi, Positano? Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

    Jessi and Mike

    1. Buona giornata Jessi & Mike!
      Driving the Amalfi Coast is challenging and a bit stressful; narrow and curvy, hanging off the side of a cliff. During November parking can be a bit easier than mid season – it’s better to use parking lots. Your best option would be to get a private transfer from Naples to Sorrento (or anywhere along the coast). You can also take the private transfer directly from Rome and save yourself the hassle of going to Naples train station and dragging your luggage around. We trust as you can easily book online in advance and they enable you to choose sightseeing stops along your trip so you add more to your holiday

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